Therapist and client experiences of art therapy in relation to psychosis: a thematic analysis
Holttum, S., Barrett, H. and Wright, T. 2022. Therapist and client experiences of art therapy in relation to psychosis: a thematic analysis. International Journal of Art Therapy. https://doi.org/10.1080/17454832.2022.2046620
|Authors||Holttum, S., Barrett, H. and Wright, T.|
Background: Evidenced-based theory of art therapy for people experiencing psychosis is relatively under-developed, especially in terms of the detail of what happens in art therapy sessions, and the role of the artmaking.
Aims: To explore in-session processes of art therapy from the viewpoint of both service users and art therapists using reflexive thematic analysis.
Method: Twelve participants, six service users and six art therapists, were interviewed.
Results: From the analysis, four main themes were created, specifically ‘safe space’, ‘power of artmaking’, ‘challenges’ and ‘supporting recovery’.
Conclusions: The findings offer triangulated themes from art therapists and service users and explicate the role of the artmaking. Artmaking offers service users a space to express and contain their feelings, needs, wishes and fears within the artwork. This can start a dialogue and provides them with an opportunity to shift how they view their artwork and themselves.
Practice implications: Artmaking helps service users express non-verbal and embodied material, which could then be explored through a therapeutic dialogue. Service users who struggle with verbalising their thoughts and feelings may particularly benefit from art therapy.
|Keywords||Art therapy; Art psychotherapy; Psychosis; Schizophrenia; Service user|
|Journal||International Journal of Art Therapy|
|Publisher||Taylor & Francis|
|Digital Object Identifier (DOI)||https://doi.org/10.1080/17454832.2022.2046620|
|Online||04 Apr 2022|
|Publication process dates|
|Accepted||21 Jan 2022|
|Deposited||10 Feb 2022|
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